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Pre-School & Nursery



Welcome to Haydon Abbey nursery! Many of you are familiar with the setting as your children have either previously attended our Pre-School, or you have older siblings already within the school. I wanted to take this opportunity now that the term has begun and the children have settled into life in nursery to introduce the team and explain a little bit more about what happens each day – as I am aware that lots of your little ones will simply say they play!


Staff and Key Workers


Mrs Walton – Nursery Class Teacher                       Mrs Jones – Nursery Class Teacher (Thursday AM)

Miss Davies – Trainee Teacher                                Mrs Locke – Learning Support Assistant

Ms Capper – Learning Support Assistant                 Mrs Mariachristy – Learning Support Assistant


We are extremely lucky in that all of our staff have lots of experience with Early Years.


Your child has been allocated a Key Worker from our nursery staff. It is with this Key Worker that your child will work in a small group environment to extend and consolidate all of the things they have learnt through whole class teaching (Carpet Time) and child initiated learning (Busy Bee Time). Your Key Worker is responsible for the upkeep of your child’s Learning Journal and their individual learning boards. You are welcome to come and look at these boards each Friday when you drop your child off with us. Come and see what they have been up to! Your child’s Key Worker, alongside Mrs Walton as the class teacher, are there for your benefit too. If you have any questions and queries, please just ask – we are here to help. Nursery can often be a child’s and a parent’s first taster of life in education, and it is our job to build happy children with a love of learning that they can take throughout life.


The Nursery Day


Nursery runs for two sessions during the school day, the morning session runs from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, the afternoon running from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. These times are to enable those of you who have older siblings’ ample time to get from the main school site around to us at Holman Street.


 As in line with the rest of the school punctuality is essential to enable your child to settle and best access learning. We also ask that you are prompt with collecting your little one, we have a very short turnaround between sessions and young children often become distressed if they feel they have been ‘left’ even if it is only for a short time. We are encouraging independence within the nursery so ask that parents do not come in to the classroom at the end of the day and rather send your child back in if they have forgotten something. Should you need to send someone else to collect your child from nursery please let your child’s Key Worker know at drop off or call our reception number to inform them that this will be happening and let that person know your personal password for collection. We regret that we cannot allow our children to be ‘collected’ by their older siblings from higher up the school and so would ask that you remind brothers and sisters to stay on our playground at pick up time rather than stand at the door.


9:00 – 9:10

12:30 – 12:40


9:10 – 9:25

12:40 – 12:55

Carpet time, story and singing. Introduction of Busy Bee Challenges for the day.

9:25 – 9:35

12:55 – 1:05

Funky Fingers

9:35 – 11:15

1:05 – 2:45

Busy Bee Time



5 minute tidy up time warning

11:15 – 11:30

2:45 – 3:00

Tidy up time

11:30 – 11:45

3:00 – 3:15

Keyworker Time

11:45 – 12:00

3:15 – 3:30

Story and Home Time


PE and Changes of Clothes


This year we will be commencing our PE lessons after October half term. PE will take place on a Tuesday for your child. In order to prepare the children for school (and to hopefully help you at home too!) the children should bring a PE kit to change into on that day. This should be in a labelled bag that can then be left at nursery.


We have no requirement that you buy Haydon Abbey PE kit for these sessions; however please provide your child with a labelled pair of tracksuit bottoms, t.shirt and suitable footwear (trainers/plimsoles). They may also want a sweatshirt for colder weather and shorts for the warmer months.


We also ask that you label any other clothing that your child brings in and wears to nursery, it makes it a lot easier for us to then find its owner. If your child is still in nappies or potty training we ask that you provide labelled changes of clothes and nappies/wipes in a bag that can be put on your child’s peg should it be required. 


Thank You


Finally, I would like to say thank you for giving us the opportunity to be the first stepping stone in your child’s education. We feel very lucky to hold their hands along this exciting journey. We have lots of fun things planned for the year, and we hope that you will be able to join us with some of them!


Kind regards


Hayley Walton

Nursery Teacher